Just when you thought you knew all that Seiko made, careless perusing as a rule uncovers one more model from the profound index. This was simply the circumstance I found in a couple of years back when I was amidst purchasing the ancestry of Seiko jumpers. I thought I had revealed everything when the present #TBT subject showed up on a discussion and astounded me. Eventually, and we’ll examine it, there was an explanation behind not seeing the watch previously, however I realized I needed it. How about we investigate some extremely present day vintage with the Seiko SKX031.
Seiko Makes and Made a Watch for Everyone
We’ve talked about it over and over, yet unmistakably Seiko makes a watch for everybody. All the more explicitly, they make a plunge watch for everybody. With water protections from approximately 70 meters up to 1000 meters, the easygoing swimmer up through the expert jumper can discover something from Seiko. As far as I might be concerned, I was zeroing in on everything mechanical and plunging/sports-related. On the low side, you can see an article where I examine only a portion of the 70-meter vintage sport jumpers from the brand. From that point forward, we’ve expounded on various other plunge pieces in Seiko’s set of experiences. What I some way or another missed, however, until generally as of late was the Seiko SKX031 100-meter diver.
The Seiko SKX031 was Introduced in 1996
Born in 1996 with the presentation of the 7S26 development (the authority sequential working on this issue back is 7S26-0040), the Seiko SKX031 was presented as a lighter decision than the amazing SKX007. Versus the symbol, the 031 exchanged down on some key viewpoints, (for example, a 100-meter water opposition versus the 007’s 200-meters) yet it strangely exchanged up on others. Consider it a light jumper, however it’s one that has some moderately top of the line highlights – particularly when you consider what Seiko supplanted it with in 2008.
The Seiko SKX031 quickly strikes one as a Submariner clone – it is known as the “Seiko Submariner”. With its un-Seiko like crown at 3:00, versus the standard 4:00, and a case plan that could positively be blamed for aping the huge Swiss brand, the epithet is fairly merited. That being said, the overall case plan and the way that the bezel embed is “hashed” for the initial 15 minutes are pretty much all that the SKX031 imparts to the undeniably more costly jumper. A brief glance at the hauls, for instance, will show some quite huge chamfers and a bunch of calipers will disclose to you that, regardless of a Sub-like case size of 40mm, the drag width is really more extensive at 22mm.
The Seiko SKX031 Sports an Upmarket Dial
Dial-wise, the Seiko SKX031 oddly moves upmarket versus the SKX007 with its applied logo and records. There’s a great deal to like with the dial on the grounds that, not at all like on the SKX007, the hands and records at any rate come nearer to coordinating. Furthermore, the lists, elaborately, help me to remember something in the middle of a typical Seiko and the Sub. They’re basic yet bring a higher-class look to the dial when comparing to the 007. The hour and minutes hands are basically equivalent to the 007, yet the 031 exchanges the back-end candy hand for a white painted hand with a thin bolt tip. Truth be told, I like it and the hand plan generally speaking. Another amenity is the chrome encompass for the afternoon/date window. The actual window is typical Seiko admission and for this situation, shifts back and forth among Spanish and English. I’d say my lone complaint is the gently stamped inward pressure ring spacer – and the way that it’s not adjusted – as it appears as though it’s hiding.
Other subtleties of note on the Seiko SKX031 are the utilization of a basic wave logo on its screw-down case back versus the more predominant torrent theme. This wave commonly addressed lighter, non-proficient Seiko jumpers. Proceeding onward, I referenced the utilization of screw-down crown. It’s huge, lined by enormous crown monitors, and highlights Seiko’s regular level top.
An Inexpensive Diver
When I found the Seiko SKX031, I chose I’d attempt to find one. What I immediately acknowledged was that, for a watch made for more than 10 years, it wasn’t so straightforward. Watches were frequently adjusted, torn up pretty bad, just in the Philippines, or fiercely estimated. At that point, at some point, a long-lasting gathering part on the Seiko Citizen Watch Forum was selling his very much worn form for the royal amount of $50. In truth, it required another bezel embed, a help and a precious stone. I found a Seiko OEM bezel embed for $10, a gem for the equivalent and an assistance for about $80. Thus, eventually, it was a $180 watch that I knew had been taken back to legitimate specs. Today, a decent SKX031 sells for somewhere in the range of $200-275 with models falling above or beneath that reliant on karma and the merchant. There’s even a dull blue dialed rendition with Pepsi bezel (the SKX033) on the off chance that you discover those tones are more approachable.
You can see that I matched the Seiko SKX031 with a decent 22mm NATO, however anything will do. It fits well because of its recognizable size and comfortable case. Indeed, it’s odd to see a Seiko on the wrist with a crown at 3:00, yet it’s an extraordinary looking and incredibly tasteful watch. Seiko supplanted this watch with the SNZFxx jumpers. They’re specifically comparable yet unfortunately do not have the screw-down crown of their archetypes. Value shrewd they’re $200 watches, so the neo-vintage pieces merit the hunt.
For some of you, I trust this is the main glance at an exceptionally open and beneficial watch. For the individuals who effectively own the Seiko SKX031, the credits are surely known. It’s likewise ideal to realize that there’s a decent option in contrast to the notable SKX007 and inside a similar brand. Gracious, and if you’re stressed over 100 meters, consider how frequently you test that depth.